Shocking details emerge in National Basketball Association star's domestic violence case

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

The Celtics' Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty to four felony charges on Thursday and maintained his innocence as he was arraigned on allegations that he repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend last week.

At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend.

The victim was taken to a separate hospital for treatment of "injuries sustained", police have said.

Bird had been held at a local hospital for evaluation, which delayed the arraignment hearing to Thursday.

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident.

The Celtics released a statement after the arraignment, saying the "organization deplores domestic violence of any kind" and offering no further comment.

The Celtics will be working with the league and local authorities in assisting the ongoing investigation.


The Boston Celtics are reportedly "deeply disturbed" by allegations against Jabari Bird and are now working with the National Basketball Association and local authorities in assisting on the investigation, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Bail was set at $50,000, with the condition that Bird stay away from the victim, abstain from alcohol and drugs, and continue treatment. She said Bird would strangle her until she went "limp", allow her to catch her breath and begin choking her again. Only the first year is guaranteed.

"I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues", Bird said in the statement, via ESPN's Marc J. Spears. His next court date is set for October 25. Signed to a one-year, two-way contract, he spent the majority of his rookie season with Boston's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. However, it is also possible the Celtics could decide to cut ties with the guard and open up a roster spot heading into training camp on September 28.

What is the NBA's domestic violence policy? Such was the case when former Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed was suspended for six games following a domestic battery arrest last summer.

More dark details have emerged about Celtics guard Jabari Bird's domestic violence charge.

"The allegations are disturbing and we are conducting a full investigation of the matter", a league spokesman said in a statement.

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